A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in either economics, management, social sciences, physical sciences, geology, geography, environmental sciences, astronomy, biology, health sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, engineering, business administration, or accounting and finance. Please visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/country to check equivalents to UK qualifications Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section) TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (with no score lower than 20 in each section). A degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances. For information about qualifications we accept, please visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/english
Months of entry
Training experts to meet the challenges of global climate change
This information refers to our campus programme. If you are looking for our online distance learning option, please see our other Carbon Management entry.
The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. It provides students with expertise, knowledge and skills in the business, economics and science of carbon management.
Carbon management is now at the heart of tackling climate change and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment. Edinburgh in particular has emerged as one of the most important global centres in this new discipline.
This innovative programme, taught by world-leading experts in key fields of climate change and carbon management, is for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification to launch careers in carbon and climate change management in business or government.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
Programme structure This MSc programme consists of two semesters of taught courses. Each course consists of a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits. Students will then undertake individual dissertation project work.
Compulsory courses typically include*:
- Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
- Business and Climate Change
- Carbon Economics
- Climate Change Management
- Applied Carbon Methods
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
- Global Strategic Management
- Emission Reduction Project Development
- Low Carbon Investment
- Applications in Ecological Economics
- Water Resource Management
- Integrated Resource Planning
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Energy & Society
- EU Climate Change and Energy Law
- Interrelationships in Food Systems
- Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
- Marine Infrastructure and Environmental Change
*Please note: courses are offered subject to timtabling and availability and are subject to change each year.
If you are unable to commit to a full MSc at present, it is possible to study a Postgraduate Certificate by online distance learning:
Career opportunities A key strength of our programme is the employability of our graduates.
The programme has won the PricewaterhouseCoopers award for ‘Teaching Employable Skills’ as well as providing the opportunity to conduct business carbon audits, work on placements with major industry groups such as the 2020 Climate Group, and conduct dissertation research as part of work-based projects with a wide range of external collaborators.
Our graduates are enjoying roles ranging from government advisers and NGO researchers to renewable energy project developers and commercial carbon management consultants.
See what some of our MSc Carbon Management alumni are doing now: www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/dreay/msccarbon.html
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Carbon Management has historically secured several Scottish Funding Council Full Fee Scholarships as well as Head of School Scholarships. Details of these and other current opportunities may be found on our website. Deadlines apply so early application is encouraged: Geosciences Scholarships
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Karolina Galera
- +44 (0) 131 650 2572